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Mercury rises at Heathrow airport to honor the hirsute Queen music legend

On Freddie Mercury's birthday his former place of employment honors his memory.
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20th Century Fox UK ‏- Twitter

Before Freddie Mercury became one of the biggest and most influential rock stars the world over he had plenty of baggage. literally. Back then he was known as Farrokh Bulsara and he helped air travelers with their luggage at Heathrow International Airport.

The rock star would have been 72 today (Sept. 5), and to celebrate, Heathrow and British Airways put together a small flash mob for a video tribute in which they lip sync and dance to one of Mercury's many hit songs, "I Want to Break Free."

Mercury worked at the airport 50 years ago. 

This feel-good video shows the airport staff in fabulous Queen-inspired jackets and Freddie mustaches.

The song used in the video, 1984's "I Want to Break Free" only reached number 45 in the US despite its success elsewhere, it was the video that caused heads to turn in the states. 

In it, Mercury dons drag in a nod to popular UK television soaps, but in America, in the 80's his gender-fluid costume was taken out of context and was misinterpreted as "transvestitism" or bisexuality something the population wasn't prepared to accept without controversy. 

But Mercury had made his mark in America already in the 70's with hits such as "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You."

The new biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" about Mercury's llife is scheduled to open early in November.